Endola councillor buried

OHALUSHU: Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Ohangwena-based Ohalushu Parish of the Lutheran Church in Namibia to pay last respect to the former Ohangwena regional councillor for the Endola Constituency, Ruth Kepawa Nhinda on Saturday.

The mourners included Deputy Prime Minister Marco Ausiku, several Cabinet ministers, regional governors and regional and local authority councillors.

Nhinda, 59, died in a Windhoek private hospital on 10 August this year after a short illness.

She was a teacher by profession and a school principal, and councillor of the Endola Constituency and a Swapo-Party member of the National Council since 2004 until her death.

Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina addressed the mourners on behalf of the Secretary-General of the Swapo-Party, Nangolo Mbumba, and referred to Nhinda as a prominent member of the Namibian government.

Nhinda was one of only two female councillors in the 12-member Ohangwena Regional Council, together with former councillor of the Ohangwena Constituency, Maria Tuleingepo Kombwana, who also died in May this year.

Mbumba indicated in his message of condolences that Nhinda was one of the political drivers of the Ohangwena Constituency by-election, which was won by the Swapo-Party candidate, Johannes Hakanyome earlier this month.

Nhinda was a deputy whip of Swapo in the National Council. Chairperson of the National Council, Aser Kapere told mourners that Nhinda has been a Swapo-Party deputy whip in the council since 2011 and has imposed discipline among the members. She is survived by her husband, Matheus Nhinda, eight children and three grandchildren.